Oral Cancer ScreeningNearly 50,000 men and women in the United States will be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal cancer this year. The five-year survival rate is 83 percent with early discovery. That figure drops to about 50 percent when oral cancer is detected in late stages. The dentists at Eastland Dental Center in Bloomington, IL utilize VELscope, an advanced oral cancer screening device, for enhanced visualization of abnormal oral tissues.
About oral cancer screeningOral cancer can begin in the lips, lining of the lips and cheeks, gums, tongue, bottom of the mouth, hard palate, roof of the mouth, tonsils, or upper throat. These components are essential to overall wellness, helping us breathe, eat, and speak.
There are many types of cancer specific to the oral cavity. Research indicates that risk factors include HPV16 (a strain of the human papilloma virus), compromised immune system, a history of cancer, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption.
Oral cancer screening is part of every comprehensive checkup at Eastland Dental Center. It begins with the dentist’s visual evaluation of soft tissues to search for signs of precancerous conditions or cancer. We may also recommend VELscope to identify abnormal cells in the mouth that are not visible to the human eye. This technique helps to reveal oral cancer early, when there is the greatest chance for cure.
Powerful tool for detectionVELscope is a handheld device that helps the dentist and hygienist see abnormalities in oral tissues. Benefits of adding VELscope to your checkups include:
- Painless – The mouth is illuminated with a special blue light that does not harm oral tissues. No anesthesia is needed.
- No dyes – VELscope causes soft tissues of the mouth to fluoresce naturally. Disruptions in normal, healthy oral mucosa are readily visible.
- Quick – About two minutes.
Eastland Dental Center
Dr. Mike completed his doctor of dental medicine degree from Southern Illinois University in 1978. Dr. Marisa completed her doctor of dental medicine degree from Midwestern University in 2015. Both doctors have logged hundreds of hours of continuing education to stay on top of the latest technologies in dentistry as well as the most current research on the oral-systemic, mouth-body connection to benefit their patients. Dr. Mike and Dr. Marisa are active members and in excellent standing with the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, McLean County Dental Association, American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, and numerous other societies.
Both doctors are avid golfers and have won several national golf tournaments over the years. They are the only father-daughter team in the state to have won the Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship. Dr. Mike in 1974 and Dr. Marisa in 2005.
Services we offer
- Teeth Cleaning
- Digital X-Rays
- Oral Cancer Screening - Velscope
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Teeth Whitening
- Crowns and Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Dentures and Partials
- Root Canal
- Bone Grafting
- Gum Disease
- Oral DNA – Salivary Diagnostics
- Dental Infection
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Myofunctional Therapy
- Physician Collaboration
Getting Aquainted OfferNew Patients Call today to receive a $50 credit towards your first teeth cleaning appointment at our office
Eastland Dental Center I have been truly blessed to find such a great dental practice. I'm 61 years old and was stressed out when I had to find a new dentist. I chose Eastland Dental Center and have been blessed with Dr. Marisa Mulligan. Two crowns had fallen off and I needed to find someone to help. I was able to get in right away for an initial examination. A few days later I had my temporary crowns in and the entire process was pain free. Eastland Dental exceeded all of my expectations. Thank you doesn't seem enough to express how happy I am with them.